ELGIN — Having lost to the Cyclones at the NVC East Tournament, the Wolfpack were hoping to make amends Thursday night against Clearwater-Orchard. Well into the second half it looked like that just might happen.
Then Cyclones’ Logan Hoffman and Cody Schacht took over in the fourth quarter to give the Cyclones a 58 to 52 victory.
The Cyclones scored the last four points of the first quarter to take a 13 to 8 lead, Dillon Finch converted an old-fashioned three-point play and Ethan Thiele added a free throw.
The Wolfpack rallied to tie the score at 14-all on a deuce by J.J. Reestman.
The teams then traded baskets before another basket by Reestman at the 1:21 mark before halftime gave the Wolfpack a 24 to 22 lead. The Cyclones then hit three of four free throws in the last minute to take a 25 to 24 lead at halftime.